Blue Note Records Pops Up at Glasgow Jazz Festival

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As part of this years edition of the Glasgow International Jazz Festival, Blue Note Records, the legendary jazz label, is set to open a pop-up store in the city center this week. This marks the first time the label has opened an official store outside of London, making it a unique and immersive experience for jazz enthusiasts and festival-goers.

The Blue Note Records pop-up store will be open for four days only, from Wednesday, June 19th to Saturday, June 22nd, coinciding with the jazz festival. It will stock the largest physical collection of Blue Note vinyl for sale in the UK, along with exclusive merchandise, books, DVDs, branded clothing, and more. Located at the high-end audio retailer and record store Loud and Clear, the pop-up will also present exclusive album playbacks, providing the opportunity to experience classic Blue Note albums played through state-of-the-art hi-fi systems.

The Glasgow Jazz Festival 2024 lineup itself showcases a diverse array of jazz talents, from legendary performers to up-and-coming artists. At the iconic Saint Luke’s in the East End, jazz luminary Bobby Watson and his Quartet will take the stage, marking Watson’s triumphant return to Glasgow after over a decade away. The esteemed US saxophonist is renowned for his unparalleled improvisational prowess.

Spiritual jazz act Mama Terra will recreate songs from Herbie Hancock’s classic album ‘Head Hunters’ in their own unique sound. Meanwhile, kitti’s Caledonian Songbook pays homage to songs in the Scots tradition, ranging from Robert Burns to Paolo Nutini. Ben Shankland, winner of the 2023 BBC Radio Scotland Young Jazz Musician of the Year, will also perform an afternoon show.

Over at Òran Mór, the smooth, intricate melodies of the Jim Mullen Trio and the funky rhythms of Hamish Stuart and his band, featuring an original member of the Average White Band, will take center stage. International sensations Kyoto Jazz Massive will transport listeners on a mesmerizing journey, blending Japanese and French influences into a harmonious fusion of sound.

The Mackintosh Church will present the inimitable Fergus McCreadie Trio, fresh off their nomination for the prestigious Mercury Prize and crowned winners of the Scottish Album of the Year in 2022. This Scottish ensemble will showcase their captivating compositions and virtuosic performances alongside tracks from their new album ‘Stream’.

The Blue Note Records pop-up store is the latest in a series of activations to mark the label’s 85th anniversary this year. Throughout 2024, the anniversary will be celebrated with an extensive tour by The Blue Note Quintet featuring the label’s young stars, The Francis Wolff Collection presenting fine art photography collector’s items and exhibitions, the return of the Blue Note Review vinyl boxset subscription series, the acclaimed Tone Poet Vinyl and Classic Vinyl reissue series, and new releases from Nduduzo Makhathini, Immanuel Wilkins, Meshell Ndegeocello, Norah Jones, and many more.

For jazz enthusiasts and music lovers attending the Glasgow International Jazz Festival, the Blue Note Records pop-up store promises to be a highlight, celebrating the rich legacy of one of the most influential jazz labels in the world while offering a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the label’s history and music.

Last modified: June 19, 2024